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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MoS Obsessions: Vintage Florentine Objects

I have always loved Florentine objects.  My mom has a collection of Florentine trays that were given to her as wedding gifts- apparently it was very popular here in the 1970's.  For my birthday, MoS Washington sent me this gorgeous vintage Florentine box!  It is covered in gold leaf and painted with the exact blues and greens of my bedroom.  The box is perfect for holding my favorite pieces of jewelry! 

Florentine objects are beautiful works of art.  I am sure you have seen them at antique stores or estate sales- they are made of very lightweight wood and nearly always painted with gold leaf and a contrasting color.  You can find boxes, trays, tables, and bookends.  I have this pair of Florentine bird wall hangings in my bathroom. 

A dear friend brought me a little gold and pink Florentine tray from her trip to Italy!  It's perfect for holding my earrings!

You have probably seen vintage Florentine tables in antique stores.  They might seem a little fussy at first glance, but if you style them correctly, they can be really beautiful and work in a modern room.  The key is to mix them with modern pieces for a fresh approach.

In a room that is very traditional, they might not be the best choice.  But in a modern space like Katie Lee Joel's living room, a Florentine table would be gorgeous!

I have frequently seen sets of nesting tables like this at the Sleepy Poet.

If a Florentine table is a little too much for you, a smaller object is the perfect "something old" to add to your room.  Florentine objects add a hint of glamour and are great for styling a coffee table or bookshelf.  Here are some of our favorites!

This little tray and box set would be gorgeous in a powder room!

I'm tempted to grab these wall hangings to go with my birds! 

Isn't this waste basket almost too pretty to use?

Do you have a Florentine object in your home?


Kerry said...

I have several of those boxes and they are ornate but so small that its not overkill. I'd love a tray too.

Betsy said...

I would love a tray! Beautiful-

Anonymous said...

This makes me want to go back to Italy! What a pretty box - such sweet gift from MoSW. I love the blue and gold waste basket from Etsy. Lou

Cheryl said...

Thanks for linking my shop to your post! Guess what? I bought an unusual piece today that I hope to list later, a vintage Florentine scoop/wall hanging. Had never seen anything like it before.
The vintage box you received for your birthday is lovely. Hope you will enjoy your floral wall plaques!
cheryl from TheScreenPorch on etsy.

hong kong property said...

they look awesome! vintage is really something!

Summer is a Verb said...

GASP! Florentine, Florentine, Florentine, ALHAMBRA!!! And, in my much coveted turquoise to boot! sighhhh...XXOO

Browning said...

I have lots of florentine which I inherited. I love it. The gold adds a touch of glamour to any room.

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